GREAT WEATHER: For the Bank Holiday. Doesn’t it make a pleasurable difference, when the amount of choice of things to do isn’t purely dependant on whether one needs to pack an entire suitcase of just in case weather accessories. Travel success too. I was expecting the journey down from Bedford on Friday evening to be long and full of traffic queues, especially round the M25, but no, nothing. In fact, it was the quickest journey so far, fabulous. Shopping with Esteemed Mama on Saturday morning was fun, the Festival of Transport in the afternoon was brilliant, dinner with friends in the evening delightful and then I got stung by a Hornet. Ok, now I’m not just making a drama queen fuss here, I am allergic to mosquito bites and have only been stung by a wasp once, which was pretty naff. But this is a whole new ballgame, the pain, the swelling and even now, 48 hours on, my arm is still as stiff as a board, red hot and itchy so I’m obviously allergic to these stings too, but thankfully not to an anaphylactic degree.
ST MARY’S SUMMER FETE: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 3pm in the Reading Room and garden, Church Lane. There will be a barbecue, refreshments, raffle and treasure hunt with lots of stalls to enjoy. Everyone is very welcome, so please go and support the Parish Church event.
BEXHILL FESTIVAL OF THE SEA: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, in the grounds of the De La Warr Pavilion. This is a two day event which supports local fishing and food. There are always loads of stands with tasty food and drinks, to try and buy, with local beers and wines, the bakery stall, demonstrations on preparing and cooking fish. There will also be angling club representatives on hand with up to date advice and ideas on all things angling. FLOWER GROUP: On Monday in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm the Flower Group will be hosting their next meeting, with Gill Horner giving her demonstration entitled Creative Thinking. New members are always very welcome at a small charge of £4, to include light refreshments and all the flowers used in the demonstration will be raffled off at the end of the evening, a beautiful bouquet as a lovely bonus. All funds raised through the meetings and demonstrations go towards the big shows and displays and to the chosen charities at the end of the year. Please call Jennifer on 892878 or email email@example.com if you would like any more information.
NINFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY: On Tuesday in the Reading Room, Church Lane; from 7.30pm there will be a talk given by Vicky Payne on how to prepare your animals for the forthcoming bonfire season. As well as being a bonfire society stalwart, Vicky is an extremely experienced and highly qualified vet and animal behaviourist, and she will be able to give lots of tips and advice for your pets/horses etc to deal with loud noises and improve their tolerance and comfort throughout the many fireworks nights. The evening is free to attend. If you would like more information please call Carol Holland on 893326 or look on the website www.ninfieldbonfire.co.uk. The bonfire season starts at the end of September, with the Ninfield event being staged on Saturday October 22. It’s always an absolute dazzler so put the date in your diaries now.
NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: There will be a meeting on Monday September 12 in the Reading Room at 7.30pm, when all the latest updates will be given on the proposed developments in Ninfield. Over the summer many of the parish councillors and NAG representatives have been collating information and preparing for the meeting with WDC in September, which will be the last chance for Ninfield to try and persuade WDC against a mass build on fields all around the village. If you would like to find out all the latest news, and you couldn’t get to the parish council meeting, please go along on September 12 and add your voice and ideas into the mix. Ninfield is trying to stop over-development, while promoting sustainable change. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: The group has its next meeting on Thursday September 15 in the Methodist Hall, when they welcome back Ian Everest who will be giving an entertaining talk entitled Shepherds of the South Downs starting at 7.30pm. There will be light refreshments on offer. Also, there will be a welcome return for Liz Darbyshire and David Swales who will be repeating their popular talk on The History of Ninfield School at the Memorial Hall, on Saturday September 24. Doors will open at 2pm and there will also be an exhibition. Entry for non-members will be £2 and £1 for members. Accompanied children free. The group now has a 2017 calendar for sale. Rod assures me that every month has a picture of a local Ninfield scene, painted by resident, local artists. There are extra paintings on the front and rear covers, and the whole thing can be purchased for £6 from any committee member. Call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email email@example.com for more information.
NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: Sunday August 21, Ninfield 54 Guestling 61, we lost in three rinks but won on one rink. Then Sunday August 27, Ninfield 61 Hellingly 88, again we lost on three rinks, but this time won on two rinks. All members played really well, in the heat, against a very strong Hellingly team.
CHURCH SERVICES: Ninfield Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Café Church.
Ninfield Parish Church, 9.30am St Mary’s Parish Eucharist, 11.15am St Oswald’s Hooe Family Service.
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